Emma (Yimeng) Zhu, born and raised in Beijing, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Cornell University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT.

Zhu uses installation and performative art to convey the relationship between architectural space and the human body. She sees architectural space as an elastic boundary that mediates between the human body and the environment. In her undergraduate thesis, “Boundary in Motion,” she explored the effects that elastic material have on human’s internal senses and perception of space. Zhu has also collaborated with Andrea Aranow, the founder of Textile Hive, in researching the disappearing Hainan Li culture.​